Being a teenager is tough. One has to fulfil the expectations of the preceding generation while dealing with one’s own life, often marred by unrequited love, heart-breaking disputes and gut-pulling loneliness. However, not all is sad and gloomy. With a tumultuous time comes an enjoyable experience, and these teen dramas have perfectly captured that.
A teen drama is a genre or type of drama series with a major focus on teenage or young adult characters. With its rising popularity in the early 1990s, teen dramas have become increasingly prominent and adored in today’s pop-culture dominated universe. While some teen dramas spawned an entire genre, others brought in important issues that were kept in the dark. For this list, I have chosen titles which have not only been celebrated by fans but also have been critical darlings. Keeping in mind their relevance through the years, here is the list of really good TV shows for the teens and about teenage life. You can watch several of these TV series on Hulu or Amazon Prime.
12. The Fosters (2013– )
With its debut on the small screen in 2013, including ‘The Fosters’ in an “all time” list might look to early to be done, but the Peter Paige and Bradley Bredeweg created drama is mature, ripe and quite ballsy to spark an idea in the viewers’ minds. ‘The Fosters’, as the name suggests, follows teenager Callie Jacob, essayed by Maia Mitchell, who is placed in a foster home with a lesbian couple and their seemingly absurd bland of biological, adoptive, and foster children. Applauded for its portrayal of LGBT themes and teen anguish, the show is certainly an important and well-scripted teen drama.
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11. Teen Wolf (2011 – 2017)